Take a Chance Challenge # 4 - Judge a book by its cover

Judge a Book by its Cover

Well, we all seemed to have caught a bug of some sort on our vacation. James started in his usual way, throwing up all night and that segued into a full bore cold. I got the drippy, icky throat and total lack of energy and Father got it intestinely. What fun! We've all been taking it easy, except Father who "had" to go to work. I may go tomorrow depending on my energy level. At least we have a three day weekend coming up. I've spend the past couple days blabber blogging as Father calls it, catching up on all my reviews (yeah!), browsing and commenting on blogs, and checking out all the new Challenges coming up.

Which brings me back to one of my current challenges - the Take a Chance Challenge hosted by Jenners. I have one last review to write for "Touch Not the Cat" by Mary Stewart which was task # 7 Random Bestseller. One of the other tasks is Judge a book by its cover.

Have you ever chosen a book based on its cover alone? I have to choose a book based on its cover and write a post about what I think the book is about. Then, and only then am I to read the back cover or the book jacket, read the book and post if my assumptions based on the cover is correct. I tried going into the book store and picking up a book without checking to see what it about. I couldn't do it. The temptation is just too great. You pick up a book, say "Gee, this looks interesting" and the next moment -- you are reading the back cover, thumbing through the book, reading a few pages.

So, what's a girl to do? I could stick with authors I know and just pick up one of their books, knowing that its a tried and true and I won't be disappointed. Or I could go onto Amazon and pick out a book off the bestsellers list based on its cover by an author I know absolutely nothing about and post what I think the story is about. Then - go to the bookstore or order it off of Amazon.

Here's a few that I came across that struck my fancy on the Hot New Releases list in Literature and Fiction. I know absolutely nothing about any of the authors or the stories. I didn't look at any of the write ups or reviews, just went on the page long enough to download the picture.

They all look quite intriguing, don't they. I'll have a hard time resisting buying all four which are now on my wish list. I think a trip to Borders may be necessary.

Using the eeny, meeny, miny, mo method and the random.org random integer generator, both methods coincidentally, I kid you not, agreed on # 2 -- Joseph Finder's Vanished.

What do I think the story is about? A mystery obviously. A woman vanishes in the middle of the city. Mississippi perhaps because the street looks like its paved in cobblestones. Did she run away from an abusive or mob type husband. Or was she spirited away by someone out to get back at her family or for more nefarious reasons. Oh boy...now I'm started to get very intrigued.

What do you think "Vanished" is about?

What about the other three books?


  1. I think you should read Lorrie Moore's book. She is one of my favorite authors, and I've been waiting years for this next novel.

  2. Well, I am a HUGE Greg Iles fan so I'm voting for the Devil's Punchbowl. (I just made my husband buy it for himself -- he doesn't like to read but he likes Greg Iles -- and he has been stuck with his nose in it since he got it so it must be good).

    And I agree -- it is VERY hard to judge a book solely by its cover.


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